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We have 29 items tagged with ‘Protected areas’.
  • Houses on stilts at the side of water, with trees behind

    30x30 – a brave new dawn or a failure to protect people and nature?

    The post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF) negotiations, concluding early next year, include a plan to nearly double protected areas to 30% of the planet by 2030. Joe Eisen and Blaise Mudodosi discuss whether the 30x30 target offers a false solution to the biodiversity crisis

    21 October 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A barren landscape of chopped-down trees under a brilliant blue sky

    Does the global biodiversity framework offer a plan B for protected areas?

    Ahead of IUCN’s World Conservation Congress, Phil Franks examines why – to date – strategies to halt biodiversity loss have largely failed, and discusses a way forward for protected areas and other forms of area-based conservation that is not only inclusive but also equitable

    3 September 2021 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Men and women sit on the floor to talk with computers and paper in front of them

    SAGE Support Package (online)

    Use the SAGE Support Package to gain the skills to organise and facilitate a governance and equity assessment for a protected area or other area contributing to biodiversity conservation

    16 July 2021 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Woman farming

    Enhancing governance of community-based natural resource management in Zambia

    Governance of community-managed protected areas in Zambia is on the decline. IIED, together with Zambia CBNRM Forum, will support stakeholders of six community-managed protected areas to improve their governance and share lessons across the eastern and southern Africa region

    3 February 2021 | Project | Biodiversity
  • A group of people outside huddle around diagrams and charts laid out on the floor

    Assessing the social impacts, governance and equity of conservation: SAPA, GAPA or SAGE?

    IIED has developed three practical and relatively low-cost tools for stakeholders and rights-holders of a protected or conserved area to assess their social impact, the quality of governance and the equity of conservation

    8 December 2020 | Article | Biodiversity
  • A group of men at a table under a tree

    Site-level assessment of governance and equity (SAGE)

    IIED and partners in the SAGE initiative have developed and are rolling out a relatively simple, low-cost tool for stakeholders and rightsholders in protected or conserved areas to assess governance and equity. Building on very positive experiences to date, further scaling up will follow the formal launch of the tool in spring 2022

    29 May 2020 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Plastic boxes containing fish and ice

    Hilsa fish essential to Myanmar local nutrition and livelihoods, and needs protecting

    An IIED study has identified when and where spawning hilsa most require protection and highlights the need for different management strategies to ensure the sustainability of this key food source

    11 November 2019 | News | Biodiversity
  • An interview takes place by people seated at a table

    IIED publishes guide to assessing governance at protected and conserved areas

    IIED has published a guide to a stakeholder-led methodology for assessing the quality of governance at protected areas and other conserved areas.

    15 October 2019 | News | Biodiversity
  • a turtle

    Navigating ocean investments

    In the first of a new series of ‘Insights’ case studies designed to highlight links between business and sustainability, IIED looks at a business model that could be the key to bridging the marine conservation funding gap.

    1 October 2019 | Article | Economics
  • People sitting on outdoor chairs gather around and contribute views as one person writes up their points on paper pinned to the wall

    CBD COP14: a breakthrough on understanding and assessing equity in conservation

    A new international decision recognising the importance of equity in conservation could help tackle the underlying drivers of biodiversity loss

    27 November 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Local villagers receive wildlife training in the Mbarang'andu Wildlife Management Area in Tanzania, which incorporates seven villages. (Photo: WWF/USAID Biodiversity & Forestry, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Communities, livelihoods and sustainable wildlife management

    Conservation in Africa is failing. Despite a growth in formal protected areas, wildlife populations are declining. Illegal wildlife trade is a contributing factor but masks wider issues of land conversion, corruption and regressive policies that fail to make wildlife an economically viable land use option for local people

    14 November 2018 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Publication cover

    IIED publishes updated guide to social assessment for protected areas

    The new, expanded second edition incorporates practical learning from sites in five countries and strengthens focus on governance and equity

    14 November 2018 | News | Biodiversity
  • Community members at Mgahinga National Park, Uganda discuss the Social Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas methodology (Photo: Rob Small)

    Enhancing the equity and effectiveness of protected area conservation

    IIED worked with partners to institutionalise social equity assessment and action planning at protected areas in Kenya and Uganda

    12 November 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  • The meat from a duiker is prepared for a meal, close to the Dia Faunal Reserve, Cameroon (Photo: Stephanie Brittain)

    Why eat wild meat?

    There is growing concern that hunting for wild meat consumption is unsustainable and threatening biodiversity conservation and food security across sub-Saharan Africa. But for initiatives that promote alternatives to succeed, they must be based in a strong understanding of why people eat wild meat

    19 September 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Women from around Lake Mburo National Park participate in a focus group discussion as part of a multi-stakeholder governance assessment (Photo: Francesca Booker/ IIED)

    Understanding governance and equity in conservation

    A successful multi-stakeholder self-assessment in Uganda’s Lake Mburo National Park enabled local people to judge what does and doesn’t work, and draws out their ideas for action

    27 April 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Pastoralists discuss strengths and challenges of governance at a conservancy in Kenya. (Photo: Francesca Booker/IIED)

    Assessing governance at protected and conserved areas (GAPA)

    IIED has developed and is now rolling out a relatively simple, low-cost tool for assessing the quality of governance at protected or conserved areas

    23 April 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  •  A discussion on protected area governance in a stakeholder workshop with a community on the edge of Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda (Image: Francesca Brooker/IIED)

    Q&A: How can we achieve 'fairer conservation'?

    Now is the time to consider understanding and assessing equity in protected area conservation, says Phil Franks

    27 February 2018 | Article | Biodiversity
  • A women's group in Kenya scores social impacts of protected areas using a participatory rural appraisal method (Photo: Phil Franks/IIED)

    Equity, inclusion, conservation and the SDGs

    What's fair when it comes to conservation? Phil Franks explains how a new research tool is providing some insights

    29 March 2016 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • A traditional dance festival attracts tourists in Romania's Maramures Nature Park. The park was designed as a multifunctional protected landscape and was zoned to reflect both environmental priorities and economic needs of local people (Photo: Radu Pop/UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Equity, justice and ecosystem services: what do we mean?

    Conservation efforts are increasingly supposed to achieve equity – but what does this mean and how can it be assessed? Phil Franks shares some ideas that may help

    11 May 2015 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Ethiopia's Mursi tribe graze cattle, but also hunt for meat and ivory. There are frequent conflicts with government and park authorities about land rights (Photo: David Stanley via Flickr)

    Ensuring equitable management of protected areas: we're still defining the issues

    Last month's once-a-decade World Parks Congress didn't talk enough about 'equity' when managing protected areas — but at least it's on the agenda

    5 December 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Lake Bogoria is home to one of the world's largest populations of Flamingos. It has been a protected reserve since 1973. The lake area was the traditional home of the Endorois people, who were forced to leave the area in the 1970s (Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais/IUCN)

    It's time to end conservation injustice

    Human injustices in the name of nature conservation have to become a relic of the past. It's time to get serious about human rights at the World Park Congress

    17 November 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Around 3,000 Samburu families have been affected by land purchase at Laikipia National Park in Kenya (Photo: Alfredo Miguel Romero via Creative Commons)

    Human Rights Standards for Conservation (Part III)

    This discussion paper looks at the mechanisms for redress against injustice available to indigenous peoples and asks: should a body focused on the conduct of conservation initiatives be formed?

    12 November 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Flamingos around Lake Bogoria, the ancestral land of the Endorois people, Kenya (Photo: Minority Rights Group International)Lake Bogoria, the ancestral land of the Endorois people, Kenya (Photo: Emma Eastwood/MRG)

    Human Rights Standards for Conservation (Part II)

    This paper identifies key documents that contain provisions relevant to upholding the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in a conservation context

    11 November 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • San peoples from the Kalahari have lived in harmony with nature, but their contribution to the conservation and sustainable uses of biodiversity lacks appropriate recognition, particularly in Botswana and South Africa (Photo: Harry Jonas)

    Human rights standards for conservation: rights, responsibilities and redress

    IIED and Natural Justice sought feedback on a series of papers that aimed to be a foundation for clear guidance about the human rights obligations of conservation actors

    11 November 2014 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Australia's Border Ranges National Park: more than three-quarters of the park is managed as wilderness and access is by foot only. The World Parks Congress will look at how to protect and manage areas such as these (Photo: Michael Dawes)

    IIED at the World Parks Congress 2014

    The full programme of IIED activity at this year's World Parks Congress, including news, events, blogs and updates

    31 October 2014 | Event | Biodiversity
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya is home to four of the seven northern white rhino left in the world. The park is using SAPA as part of its community programme (Photo: Guy Lemal)

    Piloting Social Assessment of Protected Areas: some initial reflections

    With the global forum on protected areas, the World Parks Congress, just two months away, it's a good time to consider our experience with the Social Assessment of Protected Areas (SAPA) initiative

    23 September 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Lake Bogoria, the ancestral land of the Endorois people, Kenya (Photo: Emma Eastwood/MRG)

    Human Rights Standards for Conservation (Part I)

    Human rights appeared in international law in the early 1900s when it was widely considered to apply only to states. This discussion paper provides an overview of the evolution of international law and policy as relevant to conservation initiatives, and presents the case that diverse actors such as international organisations, businesses, NGOs and funders, also have responsibilities and obligations for ensuring just conservation

    30 July 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • A giraffe takes stock at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where Social Assessment of Protective Area fieldwork starts next week (Photo:  via Creative Commons

    Time for a new look at social impacts of protected areas

    A new framework for assessing the social impacts of protected areas will be key to ensuring conservation is effective, and contributes to human well-being and poverty reduction

    11 March 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Identifying social impacts at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya

    Assessing social impacts of protected and conserved areas (SAPA)

    IIED has developed and is now rolling out a relatively simple, low-cost tool for assessing the positive and negative social impacts of protected or conserved areas

    16 August 2013 | Project | Biodiversity
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